Dabbler Heroes: Sid Waddell

Dabbler hero Sid Waddell hasn't been well lately. Here's Brit's tribute to the great commentator, one of a few archive posts we'll be running over the holiday period... For years hence there will be gnarled Geordies huddled over schooners of broon and Red Bull, claiming they were there in the auditorium ... Read More...

September

Summer is over and September is here again. Here's another chance to read Worm's exploration of how this month has provided an often melancholy inspiration to artists. By all these lovely tokens September days are here With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer. September is an interesting and unsettling month, and a ... Read More...

The Romanian Piaf – but better

From the archives, a guest post on a great Romanian diva from the remarkable blogger Gadjo Dilo... Mr. Gaw has kindly offered me the chance to contribute to this estimable blog. I had my own - now suspended due to pressure of work – where I liked to post about cultural life here ... Read More...

A Boy in a Tree

Continuing both our season of holiday repeats and this month's nostalgia theme, here's a lovely little Dabbler Country post from Nige, which originally appeared in September 2010... Yesterday, in Holland Park, I saw a boy in a tree. He was sitting contentedly at the top of a decent-sized ornamental maple, while ... Read More...

Oliver Rackham and The History of the Countryside

From the archives, Gaw examines a countryside classic... I've been reading Oliver Rackham's The History of the Countryside, a book full of ideas, observations and interesting facts. It's a great myth-buster and is permeated by a sceptical curiosity that's never shy of actually visiting a patch of land if that's what's ... Read More...

On Michael Wharton’s A Dubious Codicil

This Repeat about Michael Wharton's A Dubious Codicil, from August 2010, seems an appropriate companion piece to James Hamilton's discourse on nostalgia, since its concluding sentence is perhaps the purest expression of misguided British nostalgia I've ever written... A Dubious Codicil is the second part of Michael ‘Peter Simple’ Wharton’s autobiography. You can buy it ... Read More...